Originally written June 19, 2013 on Fox Sports North:
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Rookie linebacker Michael Mauti was on the Minnesota Vikings' practice field Tuesday as he has been many times during the past few weeks, but Tuesday was different.Instead of working on the side with athletic trainers, Mauti had a helmet for the first time in practice since he was drafted by Minnesota in the seventh round. Mauti, recovering from another knee surgery that caused his fall in the draft, was shadowing the team's other middle linebackers, following in their footsteps as he tries to acclimate to the defense.Mauti, the former Penn State linebacker, is still on track to be a full participant when training camp opens in July. For Mauti though, practicing even on a limited basis Tuesday was important in his mind, to remind the coaches who is out there wearing the white No. 56 jersey."It feels great, just to give the coaches something to see, like, 'Hey, I'm not just standing around. Hey, this guy can actually contribute this season,...
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